The new Euro 5 compliant Vauxhall Vivaro ecoFLEX promises to offer operators reduced running costs.
Based on the short wheelbase, standard roof panel van or 9-seat Combi versions, special features include low rolling resistance tyres, aerodynamic tweaks, revised gear ratios and exhaust gas recirculation.
All are designed to enhance efficiency, and indeed CO2 emissions from the Vivaro’s 2.0 litre CDTi engine drop from 198 g/km to 180 g/km.
While that’s very admirable, most users are probably going to be more concerned about fuel consumption, given the spiralling cost of diesel. For them, the good news is that economy improves from the standard 37.7 mpg (7.5 l/100km) to 40.9 mpg (6.9 l/100km), which Vauxhall reckons should save around £800 over 60,000 miles.
However, that green technology does come at a cost. Prices for ecoFLEX versions of the Vivaro are £500 more than the regular models, and start at £18,848.33 (excluding VAT).
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